Selections From the Contemporary Art Collection

Jan. 23, 2015

Jan. 23, 2015 @ 11:00 am May. 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


Mexic-Arte Museum’s collection originated from the desire to share the richness of Mexican and Latino art with the community of Central Texas. Starting in 1984, Mexic-Arte Museum began acquiring works of art for its permanent collection to fulfill its mission to collect, preserve, and present Mexican, Latino, and Latin America art and culture. This exhibition will mark the first time that the museum will hold a permanent collection exhibition focused on its contemporary art collection.

Contemporary art is the art of today” it provides an opportunity to reflect on today’s society and the issues relevant to ourselves and the world around us. The artwork in Museum’s collection reflects a variety of mediums as well as subject matter from the diverse Latino community of Central Texas. The works of art on exhibit explore various topics, from social commentary on global politics to issues about identity politics.

As the capital of Texas, home to various universities, and as a city with close ties to Mexico, the Austin community has always provided the Museum with a consistent flow of talented artists and opportunities. Many of the artists have generously contributed their artworks. they have also assisted in the selection of curated exhibitions, and have created artworks thought commissions. We acknowledge and thank the artists and patrons for the donations that have made this collection possible.

Important collections are built piece by piece. Together as a community, we are creating a collection with the pioneering works that serve to teach about our culture and heritage for generations to come.

Featured Artists

David “Shek” Vega, Adriana Corral, Miguel Aragon, Teresa Cervantes, and Gil Rocha.

Installation Images

Untitled David “Shek” Vega 2010
Adriana Cristina Corral, Voces de las Perdidas (Voices of the Lost), site-specific installation, 2010. Ceramic body bag tags, soil from crime site, dimensions vary.